ItsNotYouItsMe "Come Thru Thursday Vocals" Features Rock-Dance Moody-Groovy Tune By Black Marble! Plus, Stellar-Saucy Sonics From Artist Jordana!

ItsNotYouItsMe "Come Thru Thursday Vocals" features rock-dance moody-groovy tune by Black Marble! Plus, stellar-saucy sonics from artist Jordana!

“(NEW YORK, NY) -- Brooklyn-based synth-pop trio Nation of Language have released “Friend Machine,” the latest single from their upcoming debut album Introduction, Presence, which is due out May 22. Vinyl copies of the album are available immediately to fans who order direct from the band’s website.

“Black Marble aka Chris Stewart has announced plans to release an EP of cover songs titled I Must Be Living Twice, due out August 14, 2020 on Sacred Bones Records and available for pre-order via Bandcamp in conjunction with their July 3rd revenue waiving initiative. I Must Be Living Twice was recorded shortly after 2019’s acclaimed full-length album Bigger Than Life.

With the announcement comes the release of Black Marble’s version of “In Manchester,” a song originally by Wire, accompanied by a video directed by Scott Kiernan. As Stewart puts it:

“I was initially drawn to the idea of covering ‘In Manchester’ because of the lyrics, which, for me, paint compartmentalized impressionistic snapshots of time and place. Some are more clear and feel like specific street scenes. Some are more oblique, but still feel grounded by the ‘In Manchester’ chorus. Manchester is a stone city more akin to the feel of a Northeast American city. As someone who’s been recently living on the West Coast, I miss the storytelling backdrop of these more old world feeling places. I felt connected to the song through that, and started by introducing a bit more of an off kilter feel with the underlying synth pad at the outset. Perhaps on this day things are even a bit more uncertain than in the original. From there I figured if I just stayed true to the general outline, some impressions of my own songwriting would creep in and I just hoped and trusted that the results would be complementary.”

The non-narrative video for “In Manchester” conceived by director Scott Kiernan merges images of Chris Stewart rendered in a nearly holographic way, at times like a passing electrical current, with a similar text treatment for the lyrics themselves in which certain phrases appear as occasional bouts of word play, resulting in a feeling akin to an observation of life in passing, as if from a speeding car, witnessing events not understood.

“I’ve always loved the cover song aspect of live performance. Most musicians are fans first and covers are a way for bands to show this. They can add an improvisational tone to an otherwise rehearsed feeling set, and give a sense that songs are owned not only by the people who write them but by the fans that know them and the other musicians that take influence from them.

About three years ago we started playing cover songs on stage, and a couple of unforeseen things started happening. First off, people would ask me – not knowing it was a cover – when the new songs they heard were coming out on an upcoming Black Marble LP. Sadly, I’d have to tell them that a) I didn’t write the song, and b) me playing this new material was not evidence of the impending new release they were hoping for. The other thing that would sometimes happen is people would come up to me who already knew the songs I was playing. These people were stoked to hear an old favorite worked into our set, but again they would often wonder if they could ever hear them outside of the live setting.

After a while it became obvious that we eventually wanted to record the covers we’d been playing live for the fans that wanted to hear them. Also, we’ve played a lot of shows in the past three years. We crossed the full U.S. several times and met a lot of great people and this covers EP is a cool way for us to remember that time as well.

As far as process, I recorded and mixed this one myself shortly after, and as a way to come down from, the process of writing and recording the Bigger Than Life LP. I took some of the mixing and arranging things I was working through for a year on Bigger Than Life and was able to apply to this record fairly quickly and easily, so I think from an engineering perspective this recording is the culmination of that way of thinking about presentation before I move on to the next phase.”"-

"Jordana was one of our Best New Artists in March, but her debut project Classical Notions of Happiness was just the tip of the iceberg. The project combined standouts from her DIY living room recordings with a few newer songs made in studio (including one of our favorites "Crunch"), and it showcased the artist Jordana was becoming. She welcomes this evolution, and she's not wasting any time.
“I saw that I was growing; my sound was growing,” she says of those new songs and working with producer MELVV. “As soon as we finished ‘Crunch’ in the studio, we were like, ‘This was the best thing that we’ve ever made, ever, and I want to do more of it.’”

Today we're premiering the music video for Jordana's latest song, "Big," which comes with the announcement that Jordana's next EP Something To Say is on the way.

"Big" carries on the vitality of Jordana's most confident work—it's music with muscle, more urgent and severe than the bedroom pop of her early days. It hums with electricity and unpredictability and relies less on, as Jordana puts it, "pretty instrumentation and high-pitched vocals.”

Jordana's Something To Say EP is co-produced entirely with MELVV, and it's coming July 31 on Grand Jury Music. Watch the "Big" video above." -

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